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Congress mulls changes to ‘inherently governmental’ activities

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Originally published in FCW discussing inherently governmental activities. By Mark Rockwell John Palatiello, president of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition, told lawmakers that some agencies have indeed reconsidered how they receive services in many areas, including IT. For instance, the U.S. Geological Survey has transitioned from being an in-house map-production agency that often duplicated […]

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Federal Bureaucracy Much Worse than Devine Outlines

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Donald Devine could not be more wrong with his data or conclusions (Reagan Idea Could Reform Invisible Bureaucracy, Jefferson Policy Journal, March 19, 2015). He points to the growth of government spending, but the relatively constant size of the federal workforce. He should give government employees more credit. In the private sector, U.S. manufacturers now produce three and […]

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In Trying To Become Competitive, U.S. Postal Service Is Losing Sight Of Its Main Mission

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by John Palatiello In its quarterly report earlier this month, the Postal Service posted a loss of $754 million dollar loss, continuing a trend of incurred billion dollar losses each year as it continues operations in the face of many challenges. Despite its troubles, the majority of Americans find that the delivery agency remains a cornerstone of our functioning […]

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Infrastructure Gets a C from COGO

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Former governor says U.S. spatial data leadership has slipped. The nation’s spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of “C” indicating it “requires attention,” former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) reported on February 23. Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Geringer said the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a […]

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VAS Hires JMP&A for Association Management

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Reston, VA – The Virginia Association of Surveyors (VAS) has announced the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) has been selected to provide association management services for the organization effective January 1, 2015.”We are thrilled to hand the reins over to JMP&A,” said John Sehl, President of the Virginia Association of Surveyors. […]

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Reston Executive Selected for FAA UAS Working Group

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This originally appeared in the Reston Patch. John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS, the association for private sector geospatial firms, and government affairs consultant with JMP&A, has been selected to represent MAPPS as a member of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), according to a news release. Here’s more […]

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Maryland Society of Surveyors Selects John M. Palatiello & Associates to Provide Association Management Services

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Monday, April 28, 2014  Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) today announced it has retained the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) to provide association management services. “JMP&A’s significant experience in the association management field and expert knowledge of the surveying profession made them an attractive candidate in our […]